Entertainment Briefs 

A look ahead at major local concerts

27th Annual Savannah Jazz Fest

What: Massive showcase of Dixieland, swing, bop, melodic and straight-ahead jazz, plus funky blues, featuring: Simone (daughter of Nina Simone), The Bob James Quintet, The Eric Culberson Blues Band, The Ben Riley Trio, Wanda Johnson & Shrimp City Slim, James Cotton, The Beer Parlor Ramblers, The Skyelite Jazz Ensemble and more.

Where: Forsyth Park and asst. venues

When: Sept. 20 - 28

Cost: Free to ALL-AGES

Info: savannahjazzfestival.org

Roundhouse Blues & BBQ Fest

What: The Coastal Heritage Society's beloved annual outdoor event pairing live blues and R&B with Southern cooking — held on the grounds of an historic train station and museum site. This year's lineup includes The Shane Pruitt Band (feat. Steve Miller's original keyboardist), La. dance music icons Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas, locally-based electric guitar sensation Eric Culberson & his band, and legendary harp player and singer Charlie Musselwhite, among others.

Where: Historic Roundhouse Grounds

When: 5 pm, Nov. 7 - 8

Cost: Adults: $12 per night/$20 for both, with kids under 6 and active duty military admitted free

Info: roundhousebluesandbbq.com

19th Annual Savannah Folk Music Fest

What: Diverse, family-oriented showcase of traditional and progressive acoustic music and culture. Includes famed singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, premier Old-Time black string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ct.-based trio Mad Agnes and Charleston duo The Hungry Monks — plus Sacred Harp Singing and a contra dance.

Where: Grayson Stadium, City Market & other local venues

When: Oct. 10 - 12

Cost: Free to ALL-AGES

Info: savannahfolk.org

Mountain Heart

What: Intimate, 100-seat show by a multiple award-winning, superstar bluegrass band featuring Barry Abernathy on banjo.

Where: Randy Wood's Concert Hall (Bloomingdale)

When: 8 pm, Sept. 26

Cost: $30 adv. for ALL-AGES

Info: randywoodguitars.com

Jonathan Richman & Tommy Larkins

What: Tiny Team presents the first area appearance by this world-famous alternative rock singer-songwriter and cult figure in 18 years. Backed by longtime drummer Larkins, the guitarist will perform tunes spanning his 35-year career.

Where: Savannah Smiles

When: 8 pm, Oct. 8

Cost: $12 adv./$15 at door for 21+

Info: tinyteamconcerts.org

Rev. Horton Heat, Nashville Pussy, Reckless Kelly

What: Wagatail presents this massive triple bill of psychobilly, vulgar Southern metal and roots-rock.

Where: Malone's

When: 8 pm, Oct. 28

Cost: $25 adv. for 21+

Info: wagatailpresents.com

John Prine in Concert

What: Critically adored, Grammy-winning country and modern folk singer-songwriter who was named 2005's Americana Artist of The Year.

Where: Lucas Theatre

When: 8 pm, Nov. 21

Cost: TBD

Info: lucastheatre.com


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